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By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
A few Blogs ago I talked about some products we have at Walnut Hollow and the differences and similarities. I thought I would do that again – this time with our Letters & Numbers. Because people have always liked to personalize craft projects and individual letters and numbers are so popular – they are all over Pinterest – it might be a good idea to show you what is available. We have 3 different sizes.
Let’s begin with the smallest. They are 1 ½” and are laser cut. They are thin (.15”), made from plywood and come 2 in a package with edges that are brownish because of the way they are cut. We have the alphabet, numbers 0-9, an ampersand and a punctuation package with bars, commas, period and asterisks.
I like that they are on the small size and fit perfectly on our Rustic Pallet items. Here, I used them for a quote by the fictional character in The Help, Aibileen Clark.
These are our 5” letters. They are made from pine and are ¾” thick – so they will stand on a flat surface. We have the alphabet and ampersand in this size. They are perfect for painting, staining, decoupage, glitter, buttons, wood burning, stamping and adding other embellishments.
This is a great project made with the 5” letter and a Wood Panel (we used the reversed side that is like a frame) for Ethan’s Room – you can tell that he loves cars!
The third set of letters are 18”. They are made from Baltic Birch and are ½” thick. Each letter includes one or two keyholes so they can hang flush on a wall. We have the alphabet and ampersand in this size also – perfect for personalized home décor, wedding décor and fun mixed media projects.
I sprayed these 18” letters with Krylon® Chalkboard Spray and decorated them with the Marvy/Uchida® Bistro Chalk Markers. They were fun and easy to make and Sara and Kenny loved them in their home.
Hope that helps to clarify any questions about our Letters & Numbers – they are all great to use for your crafting and Pinterest projects!
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Be sure to leave comments on the Walnut Hollow Blog to enter to win this prize! We’ll chose a winner Wednesday, May 28th for our Blog Hop prize randomly drawn from your comments. The winner will be announced via the Walnut Hollow Facebook Page.We invited our young, crafty designer, Emma, to join us for the Walnut Hollow and Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop. Emma is 12 years old. You can see some of her artwork on www.walnuthollow.com in our project Gallery under Emma’s Creations.
Emma’s Blog Hop project is one of our new large 18” letters – an “E”. And this is how she created it.
By Emma for Walnut Hollow
First I painted the “E” with DecoArt® Americana® Warm White. After it was dry, I used a pencil to draw an octopus on the “E”.
I used Earth Safe Finishes Aquamarine Iridescents to paint around the pencil lines of the octopus.
Once the background was painted and dry, I used one of the 2” Unity Stamps with ColorBox®Crafter’s Ann Butler Designs Ink Pads, Lilac to stamp over the entire “E”. I heat set the stamped images with a heat gun so the images were permanent.
Next I painted the octopus with DecoArt® Americana® Purple Pizzazz. After the octopus was dry, I painted the octopus with Berry Iridescents for the shimmer.
For the final step, paint the eyes with Warm White. When dry, put a large drop of glue on the eyes and fill with Black Diamond ss20 flat back crystals.
There are keyholes on the back of each letter to make it easy to hang this in my room!
Emma < YOU ARE HERE
Jennifer Priest < GO HERE NEXT!
I think large letters are so much fun to use for decorating. When I found out that we were going to manufacture 18” letters, I was excited to create something different – happy that we included an Ampersand in the program!
This is what the letters look like – they are made from Baltic Birch Plywood. They are ½” thick and very durable. They also include keyholes in the back of each letter so they will hang flush on the wall.
I used Krylon Chalkboard Spray (http://www.krylon.com/products/chalkboard-paint) to basecoat each piece. Krylon also makes a brush-on chalkboard paint, but I thought it would be easier to spray. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label. I lightly sand between each coat and cure the paint for 24 hours. After the paint is thoroughly dry, rub the letters with regular chalk and wipe off the excess chalk with a paper towel.
Now you are ready to start decorating. I used Marvy/ Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers (http://www.uchida.com/p-243-bistro-chalk-marker-fine-point.aspx). The Chalk Markers are so easy and fun to use. I used white, blue, green and pink Chalk Markers. For the “S” and the “K”, I began by making straight horizontal lines using a 12” ruler. The lines are randomly spaced, but make sure you go across the entire letter regardless of the letter shape so that the lines are kept straight from the bottom of the letter up and also line up across the letter.
Once all the lines are drawn, it’s time for the fun stuff – doodling or whatever you want to do. Just drawing lines, flowers, x’s, or adding dots makes it fun to fill in the spaces. It takes a short while for the Markers to dry, so be careful not to drag your hand or sleeve through them until they are finally dry. Wonder why I know to tell you that?……yes, I messed up a couple of times! If this happens to you, use a damp paper towel to wipe off a mistake, or try Windex wipes – they work well too.
Here are some close-ups of ideas for what you can do between the lines. For the “S” —
Here are some close-ups of the “K” –
For the Ampersand, I rubbed it with regular chalk, then wiped it off. Using the Chalk Markers, I made scallops and dots around each edge. Then came the buttons – lots of buttons. You can get lots of buttons at Buttons Galore & More (http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/buttons-by-the-pound-s/1632.htm) I used white buttons purchased by the pound. I also added Classic Circles, which are circles of pearls . http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/product-p/4207.htm). I adhered the buttons and pearls with Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue. (http://tombowusa.com/craft/adhesives/mono-multi-liquid-glue.html ) Simply place the Multi Glue here and there for the button placement. You will need to add the glue to the back of the pearl circles, then place on the Ampersand.
To add a little sparkle, I used the Creative Versa – Tool® dialed to the Yellow-Orange Zone to adhere clear hot-fix iron-on crystal embellishments. Some of the crystals were placed in the center of the pearl circle, some were randomly place here and there between the white buttons.
Here are some close-up photos to show you some button/ crystal placement:
What 18″ letters would you choose? Please show us what you make!